CUADRILLA UPDATES ITS LANCASHIRE EXPLORATION PROGRAMME

(Cuadrilla, Lichfield, England) Cuadrilla has announced that it intends to apply for planning consent to hydraulically fracture and test the shale at its existing exploration well at Grange Hill and later to apply for consent to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the gas flow at up to six new temporary exploration well sites in the Fylde. A decision on drilling and testing at the existing Anna’s Road site will be deferred until later in the exploration programme. Cuadrilla has appointed Arup, the engineering and environmental consultancy, to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments for each application to drill, fracture and flow-test. Cuadrilla will also apply for planning consent to drill up to three further vertical exploration wells. These wells will not be hydraulically fractured.